Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

City Crash Out of Champions League

City Crash Out of Champions League

Reflecting on the loss, Kolarov's defensive colleague John Stones said City had paid the price for an poor first 45 minutes which saw Monaco race into a 2-0 lead.

That is the belief of the head of one of their prominent supporters groups. After a wonderful home leg win, City had a two-goal cushion but also faced the risk that Monaco's away goals would trump them, which they ultimately did.

On both occasions City produced lacklustre performances in the decisive away legs but went out only by narrow margins.

Right-back Sagna said: "It is a massive disappointment".

"I want to see a team daring from the first minute to win the game". I still can't explain it nearly 24 hours on. If I was still playing, I'd be anxious about the speed they possess.

"Normally we play all the time at a good level but at that moment (first half) we didn't".

"There nearly seemed no belief in that semi-final".

A 2-0 win over Sevilla on Tuesday sent the Foxes into the Champions League quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

"It is incredible, I can't believe it", captain Wes Morgan, who scored the opening goal, said after the match.

"I'm a bit down about it".

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"You can play and the opponent can beat you but we were not there".

Monaco must score at least two goals in this tie, so, they are not just going to sit back for the entire 90 minutes and they must come-out and attack which should make this a very interesting game between two of the best teams in Europe.

Leroy Sane scored in the 71st minute - just reward for the Premier League side's improvement during the second period - but Bakayoko had the final word.

Guardiola's tactics are clear, then.

Manager Pep Guardiola's bold attempts to combat Monaco's risky forwards by going with an all-out attacking approach himself backfired as City failed to gain any meaningful first-half possession. Some of it is justified, some not.

"A lot of people thought we could not go through (after the first leg) but we are a great team".

Anthony Martial became the most expensive teenager in history when he swapped Monaco for Manchester United in 2015 but the club's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insists there is no desire to cash in on 18-year-old Mbappe, who would be well placed to shatter that record once more.

It was not until the second half that they started to assert themselves in any way and finally get the previously isolated Sergio Aguero into the game.

"It's real football and its hard to defend against them, [but] yes if you can win the ball there are a few spaces you can use".

With the help of Opta data, we examine the trends and past precedents that could be borne out again as we learn the identity of the two teams that will complete line-up for this season's quarter-finals.

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